Beer is Proof the God Loves Us

And wants us to be happy. – Benjamin Franklin. However, after some research it seems the quote had wine instead of beer. That would make more sense, but still.

This past weekend a few friends and I headed downtown to the Nashville Beer Fest.  Over 100 beers, mostly craft to try all for 35 bucks! I wish I had wrote down some of my favorites because I do not remember the names of most of them. Darn beer. There were lots of local brewers around, like Yazoo, Jackalope, Blackstone,  Mayday, Turtle Anarchy and not so locals such as Abita, Sweetwater, and Duck Rabbit. Pumpkin beer was very popular to sample with it being the first weekend in October and all. Unfortunately it was not a nice fall day, it was more like a summer day in early August. It might have gone up to 80. Hooters and others were selling pretzel necklaces and I went through two of them. I got hungry, what can I say. This festival benefited the Nashville Humane Association so it was really okay by me to keep buying them. My friends and I had a great time and ran into some people along the way and also made some new friends. After we left around 5, we went over to Soulshine Pizza and chowed down. Now for some pictures.

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The one and only Jamie Clayton. He is kind of a big deal.

The night ended early for me since I had to work the next day. Oh yes, I finally have a part time job. More on that later.

Until next time.

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Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Under the Sea

I mentioned in my last post about my trip to Key Largo, FL over New Years with my brother. He has been busy with finishing medical school and interviewing for residency programs all over  the US. I had my nice 6 week break from grad school, and once I got cleared to dive again we decided that maybe we should take a little trip.

So that is what we did. We headed down there after some travel issues due to the crazy winter storms that were occurring. The weather was warm the next day when we woke up and sunny! Such a nice change from the cold weather Nashville had been having. Friday was a day that was dedicated to diving. My brother and I are already certified with PADI as open water divers, and now we stared working our way to advanced open water diver. This means you can do deeper dives, and just see more things. We went with Pirate Island Divers located in Key Largo. I highly recommend them as they are amazing! We did two dives that day, both of them being shallow, around 30 feet. The first dive was at a reef and it was fish ID. Nothing too exciting, but we were getting the feel of things again. The second dive was at another reef and was all about controlling yourself underwater and doing a hover, something I needed to work on! It was a great day. We left for an early dinner at Wahoo’s in Islamorada. We feasted on some great oysters and amazing key lime pie!

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The next day was a full day of diving! We arrived at the shop at 7:30 to leave the dock at 8. The first dive that we would be doing was a deep dive, and it also included a wreck! Needless to say I was very excited about it. It was a rough ride out to the stop as the waves were very active. We got all situated and entered the water from the bow of the boat and used the ascent line to head down to the Wreck of the Spiegel Grove. We were right around 100 feet underwater. It was amazing. In 2002, this 510 foot Navy ship was sunk. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis turned the ship upright from its previous position on the starboard side. The ship spent 12 years in the James River. In June 2001, it was towed to undergo a cleaning process and then was relocated to Key Largo. On May 17, 2002, the ship unexpectadly sank. From 1956 to its decommissioning in 1989, this ship helped enforce America’s Cold War strategy of containment, which called for rushing troops and equipment to help support friendly governments.

The flag still flies, just underwater

The flag still flies, just underwater

The second dive site was another wreck, but was not as deep. This was the Wreck of the Benwood. This dive site is located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is 285 feet long. This sailed a crew of 38 with 12 rifles and one four inch gun. The actual sinking occurred in 1942, but it has been said that it might not have happened as well. One account says that it was torpedoed during WWII by a German sub off of the Florida Keys. The captain sailed her in search of shallow waters, but was hit again, by a passing ship, the Robert C. Tuttle. A second account claims that the two ships collied. Rumors of German U-boats in the area required her to travel blacked out. The Tuttle was also blacked out. After the Benwood sank, her bow was destroyed to avoid navigation issues and her hull was used for bombing practice. The remains of the bow now lie in 25 feet of water.

Jake and I

Jake and I

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Benwood

We ate at a nice little place that I cannot remember the name of, but the view was gorgeous.

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The next two days we did not dive due to the weather and sea conditions. We wondered around the Keys  ate a lot of seafood and all around had a great 4 days. I’ll leave you with some pictures!

Lunch at Robbie's

Lunch at Robbie’s

 

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Welcome 2013!

I welcomed the new year by flying back home to Nashville from Key Largo, FL. I will post on that trip later on! This post is dedicated to my 101 in 1001! I have done a horrible job on updating it, and I have also updated some of the things as I realized I will never be able to do some of the things due to my arthritis. Dang you!

2. Do a volunteer project with Historic Savannah Foundation (10/13/12)
I did this with the student preservation club at SCAD. We worked on revolving fund properties with HSF.

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3. Go on an adventure, big or small, every month (7/22)
Between roaming around Savannah, random travel, the adventures keep coming!

4. Complete a couch to 5k training program (11/1/12)
I did this between walking and riding a bike since I cannot run.

12. Make my bed everyday for a month  (completed in October 2012)

15. Go out west (8/20/12)
Sun Valley, Idaho!

16. Go wreck diving (12/29/12)
This occurred this past week! More to come…

17. Attend a spin class (9/21/12)
YMCA. Kicked my butt

18. Go line dancing (10/13/12)

19. Have a gluten, dairy, and egg free Thanksgiving (11/22/12)
I didn’t even eat a thanksgiving meal since we went to Sperry’s. I had pork chops.

23. Find a church (9/2012)

26. Go kayaking at least once a month, weather permitting (7/22)

28. Take a random road trip (12/21/21)
I went to Birmingham, Alabama to visit two of my friends.

29. Re-read Catcher in the Rye (11/27/12)

36. Try 10 new restaurants (10/10)
1. Molly McGuire
2. AJ Dockside Grill
3. Clary’s Cafe
4. Alligator Soul
5. Green Truck Pub
6. Sugar Wagon food truck
7. Just Like Nannie Fixed It food truck
8. Locos
9. Bar Food
10.  The Well

40. Read 50 new books (12/50)
1. Explorers of the Infinite
2. Love Does
3. Girl Meets God
4. Good Life Wasted
5. Dances with Trout
6. Another Lousy Day in Paradise
7. In the Name of Jesus
8. Sea Hunters II
9. A River Runs through It
10. Kisses from Katie
11. Girls in White Dresses
12. Perfectly Unique 

46. Learn to stand up paddle board (7/30/12)
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49. Play the banjo (11/22/12)

50. Go fly fishing (6/24/12)

56. Wear my glasses for one week (10/1-7/12)

58. Vote in 2012 (10/9/12)
Absentee ballot!

61. Learn how to use photoshop (7/24/12)

65. Get a professional massage (8/2012)

72. Watch the Wonder Years from start to finish on Netflix (7/25/12)

77. Go mountain biking (8/20/12)

78. Swim everyday for a week (8/2012)

79. Donate clothes to Goodwill (11/13/12)

82. Shuck oysters (11/17/12)

83. Bike to the bank for one month (7/2012)

84. Go to a concert without planning (11/24/12)
Saw some bluegrass at the Station Inn

85. Ride a horse (8/20/12)
Stanley, Idaho

91. Watch the summer ’12 Olympics (8/2012)

96. Swim in a tide pool (7/20/12)

98. Visit a National Park (8/2012)
Sawtooth National Park, Idaho

99. Go rafting (8/2012)

100. Stop chewing gum for one month (7/2012)

2 Month Update

I have said this before and I will say it again. I am the worst blogger of all time. School started stressing me out, midterms happened, and papers and projects took over my life. Yes, the quarter finished almost two months ago, but life got in the way. I am going to do an update through pictures of things that have happened. I promise that I will try my best to blog more now that I am on break!

Oysters at Table 3

Oysters at Table 3

If you have not been to Table 3, you must try it. They always have a great selection of oysters, and my mom swears that the fries are the best thing ever.

Dad and I at the NYC party

Dad and I at the NYC party

This was this past weekend at the Lebanon Airport for the Nashville Yacht Club Christmas Party in one of the members hanger. So much fun!

My family!

My family!

My Alpha Omicron Pi family has grown since 2008. The chapter went from 3 members to 35 now! I am one proud panda. A few are even missing from here too! ALAM!

Starting the next level!

Starting the next level!

I have started my Advanced Open Water Course with PADI! I got cleared to scuba dive, and also found out I no longer have hearing loss. Apparently I am weird.

New necklace

New necklace

I bought this little anchor necklace from Red Earth Trading Company at their pop up shop in Hillsboro Village! Everyone needs to check them out.

'Merica!

‘Merica!

Yes, this was Halloween. I was America. I even rode the bull at Saddlebags on River Street.

Blackjack Billy

Blackjack Billy

This band, Blackjack Billy, played at Saddlebags in October. Some classmates and I saw them and they are amazing. They are playing at the Wild Wing Cafe in Franklin, TN on December 20. Check them out.

Two amazing things

Two amazing things

I went to this new coffee shop in Green Hills called The Well to work on some things for my internship. I found these great little finds. Love Does is the title of a book that I have read by Bob Goff. Everyone should read it. The book from what I have heard is amazing. Can’t wait to start reading it!

Attractive.

Attractive.

I got my wisdom teeth out a week and half ago. I look lovely.

 That’s it for tonight. I have lots to update on, but I will be saving those for other posts. Thanks for still reading.

June is Awesome

June is one of my favorite months, and I am not just saying this because my birthday starts it off. I just like it. It officially starts my summer break for me, even though I am working most of it. Seriously, if you read this and live in the Savannah area, please come to Tortugas Grille in Thunderbolt on River Rd. Enough advertising now.

My birthday was last Friday. I am now 24. Do I feel different? No. Do I feel older? Not one bit. 24 is not exciting, and birthdays are no fun when you barely know anyone. I did manage to go out with a guy on my yearly celebration day. He seems pretty normal so far…. ate some sushi and went to the free concert that SCAD does every year for their new alumni. There was a show at 7 that featured Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, that’s the one I wanted to see and we did. We finished our dinner very early so we walked around and stopped at a little coffee shop and then headed over to Forsyth Park for the show. People were all over the place! Coolers galore filled with drinks, dogs everywhere and also the police. We found a spot on the side stage, nice little view and also played ‘Guess what major that SCAD kid is.’ That was fun. Then it started raining some, but he brought an umbrella. Points. It was a very good birthday, but not too enjoyable since I had to be at work at 7:30am the next day. After work however on Saturday, my friend made me a yummy gluten, dairy and egg free cake! Score!

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My idea on having to work at 7:30 the day after my birthday.

This past week has been very busy. My mom is in town visiting. Sunday I spent the whole day cleaning, but I missed some spots and heard about it. Moms never change. The weather could not have been anymore depressing. Rain. All week. Ugh. Monday we went to Bluffton and Hilton Head. Ate some seafood, well just about all day we did that. Tuesday we went to lunch with Emily, my friend down here, at Soho South Cafe. This place is amazing! That night, mom came into where I work to test out the crab cakes. She approved. Wednesday we also went downtown since it was raining again and I took her to another place to eat and she did a little shopping.

Yesterday was spent cleaning and finding things for my home. We also ate at the Olde Pink House.

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So much food, but that’s the thing with seafood, you are never full. One has to do too much work for the reward, but that’s also the best part. After we left we went down to the one and only Leopold’s Ice Cream shop. I snapped this picture of the Trustee’s Theater.

Mom is leaving tomorrow so I do not know what we will be doing today, considering I have to work until 2 or 4:30. The sun is out, so maybe a little drive to Tybee!

Ready. Set. Full Steam Ahead.

What a weekend and what a Monday night. Kentucky got number 8. I love this team. I won’t get into everything because I know most of you could care less.

So I’ll do a recap my weekend. I went to Tybee Island with E. Soaked up the sun until it started raining and ate an amazing snow cone. I came back to get ready for the final four. Dominated. I was set up with a friend without me knowing. He likes UK, that’s a good thing. We started out at Molly’s which is a little Irish pub. Very good and then headed to Rooftops. Another nice little stop. Savannah is very different at night. This place is located in an area called City Market. Live music, tons of people walking around, and tons of bars. I met some more people, one goes to another place doing preservation and met a girl who is getting her BFA at SCAD right now. Saturday night was fun. It was nice to get out and do something.

Sunday involved cleaning, reading, and reading. This week is go week with class. Full steam ahead. Monday we spent the day outside walking around and learning about different buildings. I loved it, minus the 90 degree weather. I better get used to that. Afterwords I met up with the someone and watched Manchester United, got some dinner at a not so great tapas place and watched the national championship. OHHHHHHHH. I won’t I promise. C A T S CATS CATS CATS. Sorry I had to.

My plane tickets are booked to come home in a month to walk across that wonderful little stage and still not receive my diploma until whenever they send it out. I’m excited to come home. It’ll be great to see everyone. I also just found out that I got invited to the awards thing back at Cumberland, but can’t make it because you know, I don’t live there anymore.

Time to get back to reading. Just a little side note. The amount of reading I have to do this week is crazy. I see why everyone says I’ll have no life.

And I leave you with this.